By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO
Over the weekend, Baltimore witnessed a rash of shootings that left five dead and more than a dozen people injured.
Among the dead is a 65-year old woman, Pinky Louise Ruffin, of the 3900 block of W. Mulberry St. in the Allendale community of West Baltimore.
According to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), Ruffin was an innocent bystander to a targeted shooting that also claimed the life of a 22-year old man.
“She came out on the porch to sit down for some air,” said Rachel Purviance, Ruffin’s neighbor.
“A bullet hit her. She was a nice person”
A man who knew Ruffin and her boyfriend but did not want to be identified, said the couple always talked about moving.
“I can’t believe something like this would happen in this neighborhood. It’s fairly quiet. We just go to work, come home and do it all over again everyday.”
Marques Patterson, 22, of Edmondson Village was gunned down in what police say was a targeted hit on him. Those suspects killed Ruffin as well.
Both victims were transported to area hospitals where they were pronounced dead.
Ruffin and Patterson were two of five people killed over the weekend.
Sahantana Williams, 20, was killed April 13, in the 3000 block of Rayner Ave., in the Franklintown Road neighborhood, police said April 16.
Raheem Bey, 25, was killed April 13 in the 500 block of N. East Ave., in the Ellwood Park neighborhood, police said.
And another man was killed, also in the Allendale area. Jerod Watson, 24, was killed Sunday in the 3800 block of West Franklin Ave., said police.
One woman, who wanted to be simply identified as Ashley on Facebook, made a post in remembrance of Marques.
“SMH I JUST SAW YOU FRIDAY OMW TO WORK!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS! You told me to keep up the good work, Keep Shining and building your Brand and stay out these streets . SMH I JUST CANT.. WHOLE DAY JUST RUINED. R. I. H Marques Patterson Rognel Heights /Edmondson days.”
According to his Facebook page, Patterson had a son and graduated from Edmondson-Westside High School.
Baltimore Police acting Commissioner Darryl DeSousa told the media that police are aware who are committing these crimes.
“We know who the main people are. We know what organizations are involved in this. And we had several meetings over the course of the weekend — Friday, Saturday and Sunday — coming up with how we could change our strategies,” he said. “We have a set of initiatives planned to target them directly.”
DeSousa said police have been tracking a string of shooting incidents that appear to be retaliation since the fatal shooting of mother and daughter Chanette Neal, 43, and Justice Allen, 21, in their home in the unit block of Gorman Avenue in Penrose on April 4.
“It’s all related” he said.
There are no suspects in custody.
Police ask anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or text 443-902-4824, or to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCK-UP.